Huckleberry Finn in Italy

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Dramatic Society on Tour

Naples and Rome

'Huckleberry Finn' on tour

For the second year we were invited by the Associazione Culturale " Romeo Collalti " to take part in their annual youth drama festival in Rome.

Our musical version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was presented in the prestigious (and very large) Teatro Quirino, normally the main venue for classical theatre in the city.Teatro Quirino

Once again board and lodging were provided by the Associazione at the Foro Italico youth hostel, where we also gave an evening performance of the show in the garden. Teatro Quirino

We received awards for our show not only from the Associazione but also from the Regional Tourist Board and the Italian Youth Hostel Association who sponsor the festival.

Before the show - Naples We also took the show to the Convitto Nazionale School in the centre of Naples where the reception was riotous, the cast having to be kept in the dressing room at the end of the show while adoring female fans clamoured at the door.

Accommodation was provided for us at the Convitto and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the welcome we received there cannot be described. The Duke as Romeo

Our students were challenged to innumerable games of football and volleyball, visited lessons, were interviewed by the school magazine, shown some of the sights of the city and were treated royally.

Huck and Jim on the raftWe would have loved to stay longer.

We would like to thank Dr Collalti of the Associazione, the Principal, teachers (especially 'Sandy') and educatori at the Convitto in Naples and Signora Bertali, Italian consul in Liverpool for all their help in arranging the trip. None of us will ever forget it.The King

Pap Finn Thanks must also go to Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Bell,Lamb and Joynson, Solicitors, Marplo Ltd. and Marcus Hasted Cars for their generosity in sponsoring our trip and to Dan, Stewart and Martin of Off The Ground Productions who transported all our props and musical instruments to Italy and helped in all sorts of ways to make the trip a success.

Huck and Jim
The cast :

Huck FinnJoe Wilkins
JimJames Saunders
The DukeLuke Gibbard
The KingPhil Birss
Widow DouglasLindsay Rodden
Miss WatsonLeanne Townley
Tom SawyerDavid Williams
Joe HarperCraig Leyland
Silas PhelpsAndrew Byron
MusiciansAlex Galloway
Graeme Duncan
Peter Kirwan
Mark Kirwan
Andrew Whittle
Musical Director Carol Davies
DirectorRandall Lewton
Assistant DirectorSandra Jones
Stage ManagersMark Doran
Adam Chesters

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